With his milestone of reaching 30,000 points, there has been a lot of talk of Kobe Bryant’s legacy once he does hang up his Nikes.
And that almost always means Michael Jordan gets mentioned — everyone of this era who comes forward will be compared to him, but Kobe invited even more of that with his style of play and borrowed mannerisms. Because of their drive.
So when Kobe retires, is he going to follow Jordan into team ownership? Nope. Not in the cards he told Bloomberg News, as found and transcribed by Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward.
“I don’t know if ownership is really the right thing for me,” Bryant told Bloomberg News in a video interview. “I’d go crazy. If a player misses a game because he has a broken fingernail, I’d lose my mind. I wouldn’t be able to take it.”
That doesn’t mean Kobe is going away from the public sphere.
“I’ll be around the game and hopefully my brand can live on past my career,” Bryant said.
Someone at Nike just smiled.
Kobe is going to need to find something to focus his energy on after he walks away. His family will be a priority, as will whatever he does to keep his brand going. But eventually there will be something else, too.
And despite what he thinks now, ownership would not shock me some day. He would take to building and organization like he did building up teammates… just with less yelling. Probably.